Scouting in West Virginia

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Scouting in West Virginia
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BSA Councils Serving West Virginia
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Scouting in West Virginia has a long history, from the 1910s to the present day, serving thousands of youth in programs that suit the environment in which they live.

Early history (1909-1950)[edit]

In 1920, the Fairmont Council was founded. It closed in 1922.

In 1921, the Morgantown Council was founded. It closed in 1923.

In 1922, the Grafton Council was founded. It closed in 1923.

In 1923, the New River District Council (#615) was founded. It closed in 1923.

In 1928, the Mountaineer Area Council was founded.

In 1925, the McDowell County Council (#707) was founded. It changed its name to the Southern West Virginia Council (#707) in 1928.

In 1925, the Charleston Council (#617) was founded. It changed its name to the Charleston Area Council (#617) in 1929.

In 1926, the Logan County Council (#756) was founded. It changed its name to the Logan-Boone Area Council (#756) in 1930. It merged into the Logan-Boone-Mingo Area Council (#756) in 1935.

In 1930, the Kentucky-West Virginia Council (#626) was founded. It merged into the Logan-Boone-Mingo Area Council (#756) in 1934. It changed its name to the Cornstalk Council (#756) in 1953. It changed its name to the Chief Cornstalk Council (#756) in 1954. It merged into the Buckskin Council (#617) in 1990.

In 1929, the Charleston Area Council (#617) was founded. It changed its name to the Buckskin Council (#617) in 1949.

In 1946, the Appalachian Council (#673) was founded. It merged into the Southern West Virginia Council (#707) in 1955. It changed its name to the Appalachian Council (#707) in 1956. In 1991, the council merged into the Buckskin Council (#617).

In 1949, the Buckskin Council (#617) was founded.

In 1919, the Parkersburg Council (#618) was founded. It changed its name to the Kootaga Area Council (#618) in 1933. In 1990, it merged into the Allohak Council (#618).

In 1916, the Clarksburg Council (#616) was founded. It changed its name to the Clarksburg Area Council (#616) in 1936. It changed its name to the Central West Virginia Council (#616) in 1941. In 1990, it merged into the Allohak Council (#618).

In 1916, the Wheeling Council (#619) was founded. It changed its name to the Wheeling and Moundsville Council (#619) in 1923. It changed its name to the Wheeling Area Council (#619) in 1925. It changed its name to the Huroquois Council (#619) in 1926. It changed its name to the National Trail Council (#619) in 1966. It changed its name to the Ohio River Valley Council (#619) in 1991.

In 1919, the Huntington Council (#672) was founded. It changed its name to the Huntington Area Council (#672) in 1924. It changed its name to the Tri-State Area Council (#672) in 1935.

Recent history (1950-present)[edit]

In 1990, the Allohak Council (#618) was created from the merger of the Central West Virginia Council (#616) and the Kootaga Area Council (#618).

The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, often shortened as Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR) and The Summit, located in Mount Hope, West Virginia, near Beckley,[1] is one of four facilities managed by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The Summit is the home of the national Scout jamboree, The Summit High Adventure Base, and the National Center for Scouting Excellence. It is 10,600 acres (43 km2) in size. The facility hosted the 2013 National Scout Jamboree.[1]

Scouting in West Virginia today[edit]

Boy Scouts of America[edit]

There are nine Boy Scouts of America local councils in West Virginia. Most of West Virginia lies within the BSA's Central Region, Mineral, Hardy, Hampshire, are part of the Northeast Region. Pendleton, Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties, are part of the Southern Region.

Allohak Council[edit]

Allohak Council
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Parkersburg, West Virginia
Country United States
Founded 2005
Website
allohak.org
 Scouting portal

The Allohak Council was created in 1990. It is composed of six districts and serves West Virginia and Ohio. The council headquarters is in Parkersburg, West Virginia.

History[edit]
Parkersburg Council #618
founded 1919
Mariette Council #464
founded 1917
Clarksburg Council #616
founded 1916
Washington County Council #464
renamed 1922
Kootaga Area Council #618
renamed 1933
Southeastern Ohio Council #464
renamed 1923
Clarksburg Area Council #616
renamed 1936
Central West Virginia Council #616
renamed 1941
Kootaga Area Council #618
merged 1942
Allohak Council #618
merged 1990
Organization[edit]
Camps[edit]

Camp Kootaga is located in Wirt County, WV. It serves as the summer camp for the Allohak Council. The camp is located on 500 acres (2.0 km2) of forest land along the Hughes River. Each year 5 weeks of summer camp are conducted at Camp Kootaga. Camp Kootaga has 14 campsites.

The property known as Camp Kootaga was purchased in 1922 by Don B. Lowe under the Gim-O-Gash tribe of the Boy Scouts of America. The first long-term summer camp was held that year on the banks of the Hughes River in the Kootaga region. This camp consisted of one or two Troops from the Parkersburg area with Don B. Lowe as the Camp Director during the early years. In 1929 Col. R. L. Cole brought a Kiowa Indian named J. Dougannah to help with the camp program. He gave Indian names to the Leaders and named the Boy Scout camp "Kootaga" which means "Good Friends." Through the years, Camp Kootaga has gone through many changes, but one thing has remained constant: helping develop young men into upstanding citizens and outstanding individuals.

Camp Mahonegon, is the second camp in the Allohak Council. Though no longer used as an active summer camp, Mahonegon has remained an active part of the council. It is used for many council events yearly, and continues to be a focal point for scouting activity. The First Summer Camp was held in 1948. The last Summer Camp was held in 1980.

Buckeye Council[edit]

Main article: Buckeye Council

Buckeye Council serves Scouts in Ohio and West Virginia.

Buckskin Council[edit]

Main article: Buckskin Council

Buckskin Council serves Scouts in Scouts in Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia.[2]

Mountaineer Area Council[edit]

Mountaineer Area Council
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Fairmont, West Virginia
Country United States
Founded 2005
Website
macbsa.org
 Scouting portal

The Mountaineer Area Council serves Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers of Monongalia, Marion, Preston, and Taylor counties in North Central West Virginia. It is the only council in the state to exclusively serve counties of West Virginia.[3]


History[edit]

The Mountaineer Area Council (#615) was founded 1928.

Organization[edit]
  • Pierpont serving Marion and Taylor Counties
  • Mon/Preston serving Monongalia and Preston Counties
Camps[edit]
  • Camp Mountaineer is located in Morgantown, WV. It is the summer camp for the Mountaineer Area Council. Opening in 1956, Camp Mountaineer is a premiere year-round camping facility encompassing over 1,000 acres of West Virginia foliage and fauna. The Summer Camps and Programs include Boy Scout Resident Camp, Webelos Resident Camp, Cub Scout Day Camp, and Boy Scout High Adventure Camp. Each is highly recognized and nationally accredited.[4]
  • Camp Lynn is located at 39°30'22.8"N 79°52'21.0"W. It is 168 acres of rustic camping just 2.6 miles from Camp Mountaineer on Boy Scout Rd. Camp Lynn is remote with limited access by vehicle. With many natural streams, a large field, and hard wood and pine forests surrounding it, it is the perfect location for backpacking, trail excursions or primitive camping.[5]
Order of the Arrow[edit]

Menawngihella Lodge #550[6]

Ohio River Valley Council[edit]

Ohio River Valley Council
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Wheeling, West Virginia
Country United States
Founded 2005
Website
macbsa.org
 Scouting portal

Ohio River Valley Council serves Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing in West Virginia and Ohio.[7]


History[edit]
Wheeling Council #619
founded 1916
Wheeling and Moundsville Council #619
renamed 1923
Wheeling Area Council #619
renamed 1925
Huroquois Council #619
renamed 1926
Fort Steuben Area Council #459
founded 1929
National Trail Council #619
renamed 1966
Ohio River Valley Council #619
merged 1991
Districts[edit]
  • Two Chiefs serves Harrison County, OH, Jefferson County, OH, Brooke County, WV Hancock County, WV
  • National Trail serves Belmont County, OH, Ohio County, WV
  • Mountaineer serves Monroe County, OH, Marshall County, WV, Wetzel County, WV, Tyler County, WV
Camps[edit]
  • Fort Steuben Scout Reservation - Freeport, Ohio
  • Sandscrest Scout Reservation - Wheeling, WV
Order of the Arrow[edit]

Onondaga Lodge 36[8]

Potomac Council[edit]

Main article: Potomac Council

Potomac Council serves Scouts in Maryland and West Virginia.

Shenandoah Area Council[edit]

Shenandoah Area Council serves Scouts in Virginia and West Virginia.

Stonewall Jackson Area Council[edit]

Stonewall Jackson Area Council serves Scouts in the Shenandoah Valley and Charlottesville areas of Virginia and Pendleton County, West Virginia.

Girl Scouts of the USA[edit]

Girl Scouting in West Virginia
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Map of Girl Scout Councils in West Virginia
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There are two Girl Scout councils in West Virginia.


Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital[edit]

In October 2009 the old Shawnee Council of West Virginia joined with the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital as part of the nationwide reorganization.[9]

West Virginia Service Center: Martinsburg, West Virginia

Other Girl Scout Camps[edit]

The Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania has Camp Roy Weller in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. It is 792 acres (3.21 km2) and besides lodges and camping areas has the Eberly Family Learning Center.

Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council[edit]

Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council
Headquarters Charleston, West Virginia
Country United States
Website
bdgsc.org
 Scouting portal

Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council[10] serves more than 20,000 girls in 59 counties in West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia, and Maryland.

Field Offices[edit]
Camps[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Boy Scouts to Bring World-Class Center of Scouting Excellence to West Virginia". Boy Scouts of America. November 18, 2009. Retrieved October 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ Wyatt, W. Joseph (January 2004). Buckskin Boys: A History of the Buckskin Council, 1919-2004. Pictorial Histories Publishing Company. ISBN 1575101149. 
  3. ^ "Mountaineer Area Council, BSA". 
  4. ^ "Mountaineer Area Council, BSA". 
  5. ^ "Mountaineer Area Council, BSA". 
  6. ^ "Mountaineer Area Council, BSA". 
  7. ^ "Ohio River Valley Council, BSA". 
  8. ^ "Onondaga Lodge 36".  The Order of the Arrow Lodge of the Ohio River Valley Council
  9. ^ "A Girl Scout Story - June 2009". Girl Scouts of Shawnee Council. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  10. ^ "Girls Scouts of Black Diamond Council".  Most of the info in this section is taken from here.